Author archives: Luke

  • Out of The Darkness, Into The Light, Penitente Canyon

    Dec 17, 12 • 3334 Views • ColoradoNo Comments

    I woke up freezing in Penitente Canyon. It was Easter Sunday. This was back when my philosophy toward camping equipment was in its experimental stages, but I guess equipping for the great outdoors always is. [story by Luke Mehall, author of Climbing Out of...

  • Legalize It! A Climber’s Thoughts

    Dec 13, 12 • 8071 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    El Portrero Chico in Hidalgo, Mexico, is where we go to rock climb. It was New Year’s Eve, and we were there to escape the Colorado cold. The limestone walls soar into the heavens; tilt your head back to see vertical walls full of vegetation, walls where...

  • Birthday Challenge, Part 3: The Big Day

    Dec 5, 12 • 9545 Views • ColoradoNo Comments

    My favorite thing about climbing is that if you try hard enough you can always be a champion. It doesn’t matter if you are the best, it matters how it feels. [story by Luke Mehall] The Birthday Challenge is a concept passed from climber-to-climber, and I...

  • Winter Dirtbagging and Dish Diving in J-Tree

    Dec 4, 12 • 3282 Views • Joshua TreeNo Comments

    Reluctantly, this past summer, I returned to the world of washing dishes in Crested Butte, Colorado. I thought I’d retired after a solid fifteen years in the profession, one that was my first job, carried me through college and some experimental years after...

  • Gear Review: The Petzl NAO Headlamp

    Nov 19, 12 • 6029 Views • GearNo Comments

    The new Petzl NAO hints at the headlamp of the future, but the cost will have to go down before most climbers will want to buy one. I was first introduced to the NAO (Retail: $175.00) at the Winter 2012 Outdoor Retailer show, and it seemed intriguing enough...

  • Samson’s 5 Tips for Entering The World of Trad

    Nov 11, 12 • 11906 Views • Gear2 Comments

    So you wanna start climbing trad- awesome, here are five tips to help you out along the way. 1. Hexes– Don’t get them. You may be tempted – they are cheap (like real cheap, you can get a whole used rack for the price of one new cam) – but...

  • Crack Friday

    Nov 6, 12 • 9631 Views • UncategorizedNo Comments

    Last night I watched Magic Trip, a film documenting Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ trip across the United States in a psychedelic-painted school bus. The film brought back some good memories of my hippie days, and reminded me again of the lineage that...

  • The Sanctity of High Places – On The Diamond by Drew Thayer

    Sep 12, 12 • 3106 Views • LocationsNo Comments

    The clean smell of wet granite brings me to my senses like nothing else does. (Except maybe coffee…yeah, let’s all say it: thank god for coffee). Lately, it seems I’ve been basing my whole lifestyle around chasing that scent. I dream about it, in my...